Natural gas line ruptures in Weld County; Evacuations lifted

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WELD COUNTY, Colo. — A natural gas line ruptured in Weld County Friday morning, sheriff’s deputies said.

In a tweet the Weld County Sheriff’s Office said there was an “explosion” of a gas line near Weld County Road 50 and Weld County Road 53 southeast of Greeley around 9 a.m. but later amended that to say it was a rupture.

The Greeley Tribune reported a pipe company digging a trench hit a high-pressure line, causing the rupture.

The gas line was turned off around 10 a.m.  The gas did not ignite and no fire was reported. About 10:30 a.m., the scene was determined to be safe and first responders were clearing the area.

The sheriff’s office said evacuations were ordered for areas two miles to the east and two miles to the northwest of the rupture.  Those evacuations were lifted around noon.

No injuries were reported.

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